Here comes the SUN!!

Since we were kids we have been told to eat our fruits and veggies for vitamin C, drink our milk for calcium and play outside for vitamin D. As kids we did it since our parents told us even if we didn’t understand why but now as adults we should understand the importance of vitamins, in particular vitamin D. Our bodies require an adequate amount of vitamin D in order to absorb calcium and promote bone growth. It also helps with calcium absorption in the gut and maintains blood calcium levels to allow the normal mineralization of bone, and prevent abnormally low blood calcium levels.

Vitamin D boosts our overall health and promotes strong and healthy bones. On top of that it is an important factor in ensuring our muscles, heart, lungs, and brain are functional, and preps the body to fight infection.

 

Now that we know all the benefits the let’s talk about three ways to get your vitamin D!

1.   SUNLIGHT! Summer is gone but that should not stop us from getting our daily sun exposure. We make the most vitamin D when we expose a large area of our skin in the sun, such as our back but since we can’t all walk around shirtless taking a walk or reading a book outside 10 minutes a day can help. I have seen some couples in the afternoon after work, sit outside of their balcony and catch up on their day. Supper cute and a great way to get your vitamin D intake!! Just don't forget the SPF!

2.  FOOD! There are different foods to get your Vitamin D including fatty fish, beef liver, egg yolks, fortified milk and orange juice. My favorite way to get my vitamin D with foods is eggs and juice, especially on Sunday morning! Who doesn’t love a good brunch spot?! Especially when you live in Los Angeles.

3. SUPPLEMENTS! The easiest way to get to get your vitamin D is by getting some supplements.  If you rarely get out in the sun it would be a good idea to get a supplement containing 400 to 1,000 IU.

Adequate vitamin D intake is important for the regulation of multiple reasons and we should all try to get some sort of vitamin D everyday.  If you will be getting it through sunlight make sure to not stay in the sun too long!! Fall is here but when you live in California you can enjoy the sun all year!! If you are not in the area make sure to eat the right foods and take your supplement.

Remember being healthy on the inside will reflect on the outside!! STAY BEAUTIFUL

XOXO

Gregory

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* Gregory Dylan is a 20 year beauty industry veteran, licensed esthetician and facial expert. For more information or to schedule a facial treatment at his  Los Angeles skin care clini, please e-mail: info@gregorydylanbeauty.com *

Vitamin C Benefits

Hi gang! Today we will be talking about one vitamin we hear about a lot... VITAMIN C. Vitamins are very important for your health especially vitamin C!! Not only does it help your overall health but also it works wonders for your skin, which is why so many brands are promoting vitamin C serums, facial masks, face peels and lotions.

There is a reason why vitamin C has been used for many years because of its benefits.  To start it protects from the free radicals our skin endures from the sun and pollution. This is exactly what we need, those who live in LA!! Using vitamin C with your sunscreen will protect and repair skin from the toxins you’re being exposed to. Vitamin C also helps in the production of collagen! This gives skin a plump, youthful appearance by reducing fine lines and keeping skin from sagging. It will repair scar tissue and ligaments, helping skin to repair itself. This is very beneficial for those who may have scarring on their face or body. Vitamin C helps create new cells to replace the damaged ones. It takes time to heal scars but if you are consistent and patient on applying vitamin C cream on the scar you will see it fade and have brighter skin!

Sooo the big question is will drinking OJ every morning help to create more elastin to thicken skin, retain moisture, and smooth skin’s surface?! Unfortunately, it does not work that way. The vitamin C we ingest won’t even make it to our skin. To have effective results look for products with ascorbic or L-ascorbic acid as the active ingredient. You will know it is an active ingredient by looking at the ingredient list and if it is listed in the first five then it is the product you want to buy!

The further down the list, the less percentage there is of this ingredient. Have you ever tried using vitamin C in your skincare? I have many clients who love vitamin C and swear by it! Try using it in your skincare routine and let me know if you see any results or if you have any tips of how to use it! I would also love to hear any vitamin C product recommendations to try myself!!

Don't forget to like, comment and subscribe. Lots of HUGS to you all and keep it beautiful!

XOXO,

Gregory

* Gregory Dylan is a 20 year beauty industry veteran, licensed esthetician and facial expert. For more information or to visit his skin care clinic in Los Angeles, please e-mail: info@gregorydylanbeauty.com *